Land of the Miracle Demon Pigs

After UAE, I flew to Amman in Jordan.

The tourist sites in Jordan are very quiet at the moment, as lots of tourists are staying away because of the political problems in the Middle East.

Petra is one of the great ancient sites of the world.  A city built by the Nabataeans around the 6th century BC and described as “a rose-red city half as old as time.”  It has featured in numerous movies, including Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade.

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I also visited Jerash, one of the best-preserved ancient Roman cities in the world.

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Plus I visited Umm Qais, up near the border with Syria.  It is the place where the supposed miracle of the demon pigs happens in the bible.  Jesus encounters a man possessed by many demons.  If you’re a fan of science fiction or horror, you’ve probably come across the line – “My name is Legion: for we are many.”

Jesus cures the man by casting out the spirits into a herd of nearby pigs.

And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.

Obviously the son of god didn’t particularly care for the animal rights movement.

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11 comments on “Land of the Miracle Demon Pigs
  1. I’m so jealous that you’ve been to Petra! It looks wonderful.

  2. Aidan says:

    @Sean.
    It’s an amazing place. Definitely worth a visit. 🙂

  3. Leigh says:

    Hey Aidan

    I went to both Petra and Jorash, and they’re both corkers – glad you’re having a great time. I missed out on the demon pigs though, bummer. Will add it on the list for next time >.>

    In London atm, just starting a 3 week trip around france/switz/aust/germany – look forward to hearing more of your adventures 🙂

  4. Aidan says:

    Hey Leigh,

    Hope you have a fun time in Europe!

  5. Janet says:

    I don’t know,I think someone should tidy up all these messy rocks.

    Lots to think about in these ancient places.

  6. Adam Murray says:

    See any Grail Knights at Petra?

  7. Aidan says:

    No sign of grail knights at Petra. 🙂

  8. Great pics Aidan.

    Love the blog.

    Emanuel

  9. Aidan says:

    Thanks Emanuel. 🙂

  10. Phil Pringuer says:

    Indiana Aidan and the Temple of Bad Code … has a nice ring to it…

  11. Denise Eastwood says:

    Hi Aidan,

    Thank you for the great photos. Looks like an amazing place to see. Have fun it is still wintry and rainy in Melbourne.

    Cheers,
    Denise

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